Jadon Sancho has not had a good start to life at Old Trafford. In six games so far for Manchester United, the youngster has failed to register a single goal or assist and seems to have difficulty adapting.
However, he started the season slowly last year with Borussia Dortmund, before exploding into action and eventually securing double figures in goals and assists for the third campaign in a row, respectively.
Such is the nature of football, but his poor start to the season has seen him heavily criticized – with his high price often at the heart of such a debate – and in a recent interview, national team manager Gareth Southgate did little to downplay criticism. However, he offered his support to the player.
“He deserves to be with [the England squad] on these performances over the last few weeks? Well, probably not, “Southgate said as he discussed Sancho’s engagement with the three lions.” But I think we feel we have invested in Jadon over a period of time, we believe he can get to a high level.
“I would like to have some time with him to chat with him and help the process that is also going on at United and I think he feels we have faith in him at this point is a good message.
“We individually try to do the right thing at the right time, send the right message, and sometimes the right message is to leave a player out, and maybe they react, and that’s right, but we feel with Jadon at the moment. time that it is important for us to keep him with us. “
Sancho seems to have reacted well to this support, which started for England against Andorra on Saturday night, where he recorded two assists and was a constant threat.
The confidence that Sancho will gain from such a good performance will hopefully be the spark that ignites his United career in life, but there is a big problem that his performance presents.
Sancho played on the left wing for England against Andorra, and one thing United definitely need not is another left wing, especially with Marcus Rashford working his way back into contention.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær bought Sancho to solve the creativity problem on the right side, as the position was not really treated, since Antonio Valencia was converted to a right back under Louis van Gaal.
But with some of Sancho’s best performances in Dortmund from the left, does United just experience another case of pushing square sticks into round holes?
As Rashford returns to full fitness, Sancho’s only real chance for regular football will be to make the right-wing spot his own, meaning he will have to partner with first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
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Solskjær has now got a huge problem that he has to solve. Sancho’s best performance in a United shirt has come from the left and he has now produced his best display of the season from the same position.
Do not get me wrong, it’s a nice problem to have, but it’s a problem nonetheless, and it’s decisions like these that are likely to determine whether Solskjær is considered a success at Old Trafford or not.
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